Memorial Match Tribute to Tragic Will
A CHARITY match was held yesterday in memory of a young footballer who died in his sleep of the same heart condition suffered by Bolton player Fabrice Muamba.
Will Dolman was just 16 when he died as a result of undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at his Brixham home. The condition was only revealed after the post-mortem was held at Great Ormond Street Hospital, while Will's father and brothers have also since been checked for the condition.
The annual charity match was set up in the players' honour, for the 'Will Jackson Dolman Legend Trophy', between Stoke Gabriel U18s and South Devon College's Football Academy. This year was the second time the match has been played, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.
Stoke came out as 3-2 winners on the day in a tight game played in high spirits on Paignton Community & Sport College's 3G pitch. Former Torquay United captain Alex Watson attended as manager of the South Devon College side, having mentored Will as head coach of the college's Football Academy. He led an emotional minute's silence before the match with Will's family, friends, both sides and spectators.
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A full gallery of pictures from the match can be viewed here.
Paignton CSC provided the pitch, a room and even a buffet for free, while a number of firms and individuals have offered prizes for a raffle, including Gliddons. Will's family are hoping to improve on the £300 raised for the British Heart Foundation following last year's match.